Member Blogs Archive > August 2016

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    Science Fiction Book by A.I. Written in Japan

    Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    How unique are individual novelists? Are works of fiction the products of distinct, creative minds, or could an algorithm actually produce some of the texts we’ve all come to know and love? According to an article* in Slate, a novel co-written in Japan by A.I. (or, artificial intelligence) recently competed for a Japanese literary prize. Should we be excited or concerned about the latest development? Or, should we be more critical of attempts to use technology for cultural production? Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Happy 170th Anniversary to the Smithsonian Institution!

    Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:00:19 Permalink
    In 1829 an English chemist and mineralogist name James Smithson died. This, in and of itself, should not have influenced the United States in any grand way… but it did! This English chemist, born in Paris and the illegitimate song of the 1st Duke of Northumberland donated all of his lifetime of earnings and his […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Wicked Go To Hell by Frédéric Dard, David Coward (Translated by)

    Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's being sent undercover.  They want to know who the man's boss is and he won't tell them even when tortured.  So they'll put him in prison too and he can try to befriend him to find out.Pushkin Vertigo and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 10th.This author wrote more than three hundred published works, many of them suspense stories.  I like the old stories and don't believe I've had the opportunity to read his work so I grabbed this one.  The words are sparse, the emotions are muted, and Read More
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    Postwar Germany in the Works of W.G. Sebald

    Wed, 10 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Whose role is it to write postwar German fiction? Since World War II ended, numerous writers of great acclaim have come out of West Germany and the GDR, and later from reunified Germany. For instance, you might be familiar with the works of the West German novelists Heinrich Böll and Günter Grass, or with the GDR literature of Christa Wolf. While many writers of the immediate postwar period returned to the rise of Nazi Germany and its aftermath in their works, W.G. Sebald is a bit of an interesting case. Read More
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    A Mystery for Booksellers to Solve

    Tue, 09 Aug 2016 10:34:50 Permalink
    Okay, I admit it. This week I got nothin’. I’ve been distracted working on my book, and watering all those thirsty lawns and gardens (“perfect summer” = drought), and taking bike rides, and working on the Maud archive at the Maud/Olson Library and, oh yes, writing up the next maritime list. The last one, you […]The post A Mystery for Booksellers to Solve appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino

    Tue, 09 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    What if you started reading a book and realized it was written about your life experiences?  You're a writer that can't even write about your life, how can someone else?  She realizes it must be her best friend from the past.  How could he do that???Atria Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review.  It is being published today.Emi's mother left her and her father early in Emi's life.  Her father was a drunk.  She spent a good amount of her time staying out of his presence because he had a temper.  Jase lives next door.  Read More
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    Six Facts About Henry David Thoreau's Walden

    Tue, 09 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    On August 9, 1854, Henry David Thoreau published his book, Walden; or, Life in the Woods. It narrates—with an ample serving of artistic intervention—its author’s experiment to live divorced from society, in an effort to uncover better ways of living. “I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life,” he writes in a manifesto-like paragraph of Walden, “to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.” Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley

    Mon, 08 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gertie's parents are divorced.  She lives with her father and her aunt (great aunt to be exact) and she can see her mother's house when she goes by on the school bus.  Her mother wants nothing to do with her but she's not willing to give up yet.  So when a for sale sign comes up on the house, she's determined to be the best student in the school so she can tell her Mom that and then she won't go away.  However, it's not easy to be the smartest...Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Net Galley gave me the opportunity Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Almost a Full Moon by Hawksley Workman, Jensine Eckwall (Illustrated by)

    Sun, 07 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He and his grandmother are going to host a gathering at their house during the winter.  She plans to make soup...Tundra Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It's due to be published September 6th.This is a sweet story of family and camaraderie in their cabin in the woods. You get to see the contents of the soup, the boy helps get the meal ready and when the visitors arrive, everybody comes in and makes themselves at home.  One girl has a wolf as a pet, one family has a baby, the visitors are Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Curse of the Bridal Chamber An Imogene and the Boys Novel by Hunter Murphy

    Sun, 07 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Billy, Imogene's son, wants to go to a Mermaid's Convention in Florida and visit the daughter of a woman he nursed.  Imogene and Agnes are widowed sisters in the late 70's and they've never seen a mermaid.  Jackson, Billy's partner, goes where ever Billy goes.  Jackson's bulldog, Goose, goes where he goes.  So they all pile in the car and head out for Florida.  When they arrive, the first place they go is out on the tour boat to see the sights.  Looking through the glass they see fish and plants and a dead body...Rolltop Pulishing and Net Galley allowed Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Max at Night by Ed Vere

    Sat, 06 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Max is the cutest cat.  This series is written for young ones.  It stretches their imaginations and takes them on an adventure and then they and Max can go to sleep for the night...Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st.Max tells the moon goodnight each night but tonight he can't see it.  He can't go to sleep without making sure the moon heard him, so he starts out on a quest to get high enough to see the moon.First he climbs on top of the sleeping Read More
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    The Graces by Laure Eve

    Sat, 06 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's always been different.  That's why her mother moved here to this small town where people don't know them.  Mom is hoping for a fresh start.  The girl hates her new school, the new town, and everybody around her.  At least she does until she meets the Graces.  Then the girls from school tell her that they are witches.  Really?Amulet Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.As you read this story, you get the feeling there are things hiding in the shadows.  There's what happens in the Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Alfred and Maud: Tennyson's Favorite Tennyson

    Sat, 06 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Alfred, Lord Tennyson remains the Oxford English Dictionary’s ninth most-quoted individual, and to look at his CV is to understand why. Named Poet Laureate of Great Britain upon the death of William Wordsworth in 1850, Tennyson’s poems have left an indelible mark not just on poetry but on the English language as a whole. “Tis better to have loved and lost/Than never to have loved at all,” entered (and remained in) the lexicon by way of Tennyson’s masterpiece In Memoriam A.H.H. (1849), while “Theirs not to reason why, /Theirs but to do and die” comes to us from “The Charge Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Closed Casket: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery by Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie

    Fri, 05 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hercule Poirot and his friend from Scotland Yard, Edward Catchpool, are both invited to a home in the country for the weekend.  They aren't aware they would be there together until they arrived at the country home.  Upon meeting there, they decide it might be a bit more than just a casual visit.William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.Ms. Hannah has resurrected Poirot and is taking him on a new adventure.  She uses Ms. Christie's characters well and the storyline is similar to what the Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Pop Manga Coloring Book by Camilla d'Errico

    Fri, 05 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Are you ready to set your mind free and just create a picture that gives you pleasure?  This coloring book has manga images that beg for color.  The subtitle is:  A surreal journey through a cute, curious, bizarre, and beautiful world.  It truly is.I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  It has been published, so you can buy a copy now.  Manga art has always fascinated me so I wanted to see this book more for the images than anything.  They do not disappoint.  You have a lot of varieties, from faces to animals to one figure Read More
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    What to Read for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games

    Fri, 05 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Tonight, as soon as the torch is lit at the Rio Summer Olympics, the world will have its eyes fixed on television screens across the globe. Watching the events of the Games has been an international tradition since we've had TVs in our homes. Yet what’s less common is to get into the Olympics spirit not by watching, but by reading. They may not be as immediate as a live stream broadcast of the high-dive, but good Olympics books can do you a lot of good. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Storybook Knight by Helen Docherty

    Thu, 04 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    All he wants to do is read.  Yes, he's supposed to be a knight but he's not knightly.  He'd rather read!Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.This is one of the cutest picture books I've read for some time.  I suppose the real reason I'm so taken with it is that I am avid reader.  This could have been my story but I don't think I would have been that brave!The young knight is sent out on a quest assigned by his parents.  A local village Read More
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    New Beginnings: Book Two in the Growing Pains Series by KP Smith

    Thu, 04 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Kendra is in high school and it's awful.  There are a lot more students, she doesn't know most of them, and she's shy anyway.  She eats her lunch out under a tree outside so she doesn't have to brave the lunchroom.  Then her little sister talks her into going in to lunch like everyone else.  The first time she goes, another student runs into her and knocks her food all over them both and the floor.  She's mortified...The author sent me a copy of this story in ebook form (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a Read More
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    Collecting Rare Cookbooks

    Thu, 04 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Are you thinking about creating a new book collection? Do you like to cook? Do you like to eat? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you might do well to learn more about collecting rare and vintage cookbooks. As you might imagine, there are cookbooks of all sorts out there to be had. Today, we’d like to focus on two possible paths for your collection: books written and signed by famous chefs, and rare cookbooks of writers and artists. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    "You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm." A Look at Colette – Scandalous & Beloved French Writer

    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 10:00:44 Permalink
    I readily admit that I am a fan of the badass literary woman. Give me Anais Nin, Marguerite Duras or Virginia Woolf any day – women who tell it like it is, who aren’t afraid to examine deep parts of the psyche, of feelings on sex, attraction, anger… any and all of the above. It […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Most Frightening Story Ever Told by Philip Kerr

    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Billy Shivers doesn't do much but read.  He hangs out at the local library and reads about everything.  He has a special interest in ghosts.  When he finds there is local bookstore called "The Haunted Bookstore" he has to go visit.  It's not just a bookstore.  It's like a haunted house with all sorts of gadgets and tricks to scare you.  And it's there all the time, not just at Halloween...Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.Billy hangs out in the store Read More
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    Charlotte and the Mysterious Vanishing Place: The Kare Kids Adventures #2 by Charles A Salter

    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Charlotte used to be afraid to go in the woods.  Now she easily goes through the woods to get to her vantage point where she can see around the countryside.  She loves surveying the land and the trees and feeling like one with nature.  When she notices something strange, she decides to check it out...PR by the Book and the author provided me with a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.  You might want to read The Secret of Bald Rock first.  This one can Read More
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    Let's Get Some Sun: A Literary Tour of Florida

    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    For many, Florida is something of a no man’s land—a state whose cultural and geographic regions make for an eclectic, disparate mix of traditions and heritage, incorporating southern culture from the north and Caribbean influences from the south. It’s a state brimming with swampland and beachfront, with incongruities like the Everglades and the Keys, a combination attracting a diverse population and cross-section of people who desire for an even more diverse literature that speaks to their experience as Floridians. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The French War Bride by Robin Wells

    Tue, 02 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Amelie is ninety-one and she lives in a nursing home.  She has an open door policy so friends can drop in and visit.  But she never expected to see her husband's ex-fiance walk through the door.  She wasn't surprised by her words, though.  "I never knew what he saw in you."Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Amelie agrees to tell Kat how they met and why they married but she wants to do it in her own way.  She does wonder why she cares and Kat tells her Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Monstress, Vol . 1 by Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda

    Tue, 02 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    War is never a good thing.  In this world, the damage done is significant and those still alive appear to be more monster than human. When she's plucked from the group of prisoners being held, she knows it's not a good thing.  The others coming with her aren't happy either.  But they didn't know just what they were facing.  That's a good thing...Image Comics sent me an ebook of this comic to read (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.She's missing an arm but that doesn't make her less powerful.  She's wanted because she Read More
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    Holling C. Holling: Stories and Lessons

    Tue, 02 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Who, as a child, has not at least entertained the idea of tying a note to a balloon and sending it out into the great beyond, or scrolling a message in a bottle and tossing it into the sea? The thought of something we authored soaring over the landscape or riding the tides to eventually connect with someone far away is almost as thrilling as going on an adventure ourselves. It may be this innate desire for exploration and connection beyond our backyards—beyond our borders—that has led to the timeless popularity of the children’s books written by Holling C. Holling. Read More
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    Top Prices Paid for Folio Society Collections

    Mon, 01 Aug 2016 12:08:54 Permalink
    Top Prices Paid for Folio Society Collections Are you looking for the best price for your Folio Society collection? Have you a collection of Folio Society books For Sale? Email me now at or phone me now on 0113 273 2025 Read More
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    Revenge in a Cold River: A William Monk Novel by Anne Perry

    Mon, 01 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Monk has a problem.  He has a cop that hates him and is trying to get even for something that happened in the past.  Since Monk almost died from being hit and badly hurt by a carriage, he remembers nothing from the past.  What could he have done to make him hate him so?Ballentine Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.Monk is an old friend of mine.  I've been reading about him for years and was ready to see him in action again.  I had no Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Prince Noah and the School Pirates by Silke Schnee, Heike Sistig (Illustrations)

    Mon, 01 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Noah is now old enough to go to school.  He's excited.  They go by boat and there's special one for each type of student.  Those who are regular boys and girls go on their assigned boats.  Noah is a prince so that's the boat he joins.  They also have boats for those who couldn't see well and those who had trouble walking.  So they set sail for school...Plough Publishing House and Library Thing sent me this book to review (thank you).  It is being published today.They have a pink boat for the girls but the boys get an orange boat?  Read More
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    Read More Poetry: The Robert Frost Edition

    Mon, 01 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    We’ve often argued that the world needs to read more poetry. After all, without poetry we wouldn’t hear “Quoth the Raven, ‘Nevermore’” (Edgar Allan Poe), or be heartened by the fact that “You may kill me with your hatefulness,/But still, like air, I’ll rise.” (Maya Angelou), or learn all about “Alexander Hamilton/My name is Alexander Hamilton/And there’s a million things I haven’t done/But just you wait, just you wait…” (Lin-Manuel Miranda). Truly, the list of great poetic works is a lengthy one, and one that is still being added to. Today, we’d like to spotlight some of the best excerpts Read More
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